Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days & 3 Nights

The Lares trek is becoming one of the more popular treks close to Cusco since it goes through an area almost unchanged for the last 500 years where you can see local families working on their farms, dressed in their traditional brightly colored clothing and speaking Quechua.

Lares Trek

The Lares Trek departs daily with our agency, although the dry season (April through October) is definitely a better time of the year to travel.


We’ll start our Lares trek early in the morning at about 5:00am by picking everyone up from their hotels. From Cusco we’ll drive for about 45 minutes to the small town of Calca. Here we have a chance to buy some supplies like snacks, water, etc. before our Lares trek starts. From Calca we’ll drive for an additional 2 hours to the thermal baths/hot spring in Lares. A great way to start a trek is to relax for a few hours in the hot springs at Lares before days of hiking! We’ll have lunch here as well before we start our hike to Wakahuasi. Wakawasi will be our camp for the night where we’ll have dinner and a little time to get to know the other people in our group a little better.

Today we’ll wake up early with a hot cup of coca tea before breakfast. From our camp in Wakawasi we’ll continue our Lares trek by hiking 3 to 4 hours uphill to the Wakahuasi Pass at 4300 meters. When we’ve gone over the pass, we’ll hike downhill for about an hour to Auroroycocha which is a lake as well as our lunch site for today. After lunch we’ll continue our Lares trek to before the town of Yanahuara which will be our camp for the night. We may be The last leg of hiking today will take 3 to 4 hours making it about 5:00 or 6:00pm when we reach camp. Here we’ll have dinner and we’ll spend the night, trying to get a good night’s sleep to be able to continue the Lares trek tomorrow!

Around 6:30am we’ll have breakfast before continuing our Lares trek. From Yanahuara we’ll walk down to the local road for about 40 minutes. From here we’ll take local transportation to Ollantaytambo which will be a 30 minute ride. We’ll have lunch in Ollantaytambo and if your train schedule lines up to let you stay a little while in Ollantaytambo, you have the option of roaming around the town and visiting the ruins (entrance ticket not included in itinerary). You’ll take the Expedition train from Ollantaytambo according to your train schedule and travel to Aguas Calientes. This train ride should take about 1 hour and 40 minutes. In Aguas Calientes we’ll have dinner and stay in a hotel, giving you a chance to take a hot shower after hiking for a few days on the Lares trek!

We’ll begin our last day of our Lares trek with an early breakfast at our hotel before heading out to Machu Picchu. We’ll need to get an early start to hike up to Machu Picchu, which will be a zig zag trail to the top that will take about an hour and a half. Don’t forget to bring your passport (and your ISIC card if you asked for a student discount) which must match with your entrance ticket. Today we’ll have a guided tour of about 2 hours, giving you enough time to walk around Machu Picchu at your own pace.

You also have the option of climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain which will give you a great view over the city of Machu Picchu. It should take about 45 minutes to climb, but remember there are two entrance times which the Machu Picchu officials enforce very strictly. Also remember that Huayna Picchu only has a limited number of entrances daily (400 people per day) and they sell out quickly. You will need to book your tickets well in advance!

After you’ve explored Machu Picchu, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch (not included in itinerary) and grab your train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo we will pick you up to bring you back to Cusco where you will end your journey in the Plaza de Armas.


  • Briefing (usually scheduled one or two days before your trek)
  • Tourist bus from your hotel in Cusco to beginning of your trek
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket
  • First Aid basic equipment and oxygen for emergencies
  • Horses to bring camping/kitchen supplies and 5 Kilos of your personal belongings including your sleeping bag
  • Professional bilingual (Spanish/English) guide (guides who speak other languages upon request)
  • Camping equipment: Tent ( 4 person tent which will sleep 2 people), foam mattress
  • Kitchen supplies for cook (kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs, etc.)
  • Professional cook
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (vegetarian, vegan, etc. dietary requirements available if requested during time of booking at no extra charge)
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (see note about train availability, changes in times, etc.)
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Breakfast 1st day, Lunch on last day
  • Sleeping bag
  • Entrance fees for Thermal Baths in Aguas Calientes ($4)
  • Backpack storage at Machu Picchu (3 soles)
  • Water for your water bottles. You can buy water along the way or bring water purification tablets
  • Activities and items not included in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bag (rental $25 for trek made of down feathers and rated at -10 Celsius)
  • Trekking poles/Walking Sticks (rental $15 for trek)
  • Extra horse ($80)
  • Personal tent (rental $35 for trek)
  • Upgrade in class from Expedition Train service to Vistadome (panoramic) Train service (upgrade $50)
  • Huayna Picchu entrance ticket ($35 per person). Make sure to book early since there are limited spaces available and they can sell out quickly!
  • Entrance fee for hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 Peruvian Nuevos Soles)
  • We can also provide great prices on hotels for all of Peru (Standard to Luxury)!
  • Original passport
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if you have a student discount
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented as well)
  • Walking boots/shoes
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water, money to buy water along the way or water purification tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Torch with batteries
  • Shorts
  • Walking sticks
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money for personal expenses, tips, lunch on last day, snacks, etc. We recommend that you bring around 300 Peruvian Nuevos Soles
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card. Scan the card and email us the copy at the time of your booking for a $20 discount per student!
  • For children younger than 17, we offer a $20 discount. Just scan and email a copy of the passports at the time of your booking.
  • Itinerary and campsites may change according to the climate and health status of the trekkers.
  • Train times for the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo may change according to the train company’s availability and will be confirmed close to the time of the trek. If someone books later than most of the group, we may not be able to provide the same train as the rest of the group.
  • Change to earlier/later train time at time of booking (price depending on train availability)
  • Tips/gratuities not included but are optional according to the services rendered

For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

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  • What is Lares Trek?

    The Lares Trek is one of the main alternative treks to Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu.

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  • How difficult is the Lares Trek?

    The Lares Trek is considered a moderate hike. It's not a technical hike but the altitude may affect some individuals

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    We recommend that you bring a refillable water bottle as boiled water will be provided in the morning at breakfast, at lunch and every evening after dinner.

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4 Days & 3 Night

Departures Dates:

Every day (Please check availability in our groups)


Trek the Lares route and visit Machu Picchu

Type of Tour:

Trek the Lares route and visit Machu Picchu

Meals provided:

Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú


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